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About us

Latinas opening space for other Latinas so that we can create equity by working hand in hand, building together.

Our Mission

Through an annual event, Latina Village is creating a space of inspiration and advocacy to elevate the voices of Latinas, developing and nurturing our leaders and increasing the number of successful Latina entrepreneurs and professionals who graduate from Colleges or/and university.

Founder

Rocío Durán

Entrepreneur, happiness coach, leadership developer, inventor and multicultural connector. A bilingual communitarian, she is passionate about connecting cultures and transforming lives.

Rocío Durán

Organizing Committee

Vanessa Torchia

Vanessa Torchia

“Originally from Bogota, Colombia. Mother of 2 daughters, Isabella and Ariana. Degree in Accounting and Finance with experience in banking. She has lived in the United States for 15 years and currently works as Residential Real Estate Agent educating and advising clients during the process of buying and selling residential properties.

Vanessa has been an active member in her local community for the last 9 years and her focus is to help the homeless population, Christian organizations that support children’s activities, and Hispanic non-profits.

She is passionate about traveling, concerts, outdoor activities, exploring local businesses and supporting Latino entities.”

Xiomara Sánchez

Xiomara was born in Cali-Colombia, has lived in Denver for 19 years, is married and has 2 children, Kai, 8, and Kobi, 2. Xiomara is the President of the Foundation of Colombians in Colorado and is part of the committee that organizes the Colombian Festival.

She has a bachelor’s degree in marketing with a specialization in public relations, loves working with the community and divides her time between her family, community work and now her new project, Oh My! Empanada.

Erika Bailon

This is Erika Bailon. She was born in Florida but grew up in Mexico. She attended the National Autonomous University of Mexico for two years, but had to come to the United States alone at the age of 20 to work. Not knowing English, but a hard worker, Erika looked for work in several places, the most stable job she had was as an immigration paralegal for 6 years.

After learning English and saving money, she brought her family with her. When she felt ready, she decided to go back to school. Erika earned her associate’s degree in 2016. Fortunately, she was surrounded by people who supported her as she continued her studies, applied to colleges, and earned her bachelor’s degree. She attended the University of Colorado at Boulder and found a world of people who pushed her to get to where she is today. She had the opportunity to volunteer and use her tutoring and mentoring skills.

In her senior year, she was able to inquire about a NASA JPL project. They were interested in her and her skills and interviewed her. After much negotiation, she was hired remotely. She is now involved with the community to support and give back what has been given to her. Her goal is to motivate students and help them achieve their dreams.

María Garton

María Garton

My name is Maria Garton. I was born in Ibague, Colombia, and moved to the United States 13 years ago with a Golf scholarship at Colorado Christian University. I have been married for almost 10 years, and have two daughters ages 9 (Emma), and 7 (Olivia).

I will be graduating with bachelor’s degree in Marketing and Sales in the fall of 2024, and currently work as a business development representative at Flash Weather AI. I love spending time with my family doing outdoor activities like golfing, skiing, camping, and traveling. Additionally, I enjoy serving my church community as a group leader for marriage couples.

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